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Old 02-09-2008
davidmbrady
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Randy,

While talking to the Ridewell engineer I asked if they had any record of failed transverse links. They haven't heard of any. The engineer I spoke to has 25 years with Ridewell. He said if BB has seen three of them, they could have been manufacturing defects or fatigue from frequent curb encounters. I was assured that after 25 years experience the transverse link is suitable and has no history of chronic failures. I also asked about the lifetime of the rubber suspension bushings, both the transverse link and the 4 trailing link torque arms. All have lifetimes of 250,000 to 300,000 miles.

My anti-sway bar mounts are engineered by Ridewell, but the bar is made by Adco. The bar mounts to reinforced mounting pads on the main c-channel frame rails behind the steer axle just ahead of the basement. The arms swing forward connecting to vertical links which then extend downward attaching to the air-spring platform holding the stick axle. Paul Lazar's setup is different in that his bar attaches to the Dana stick axle, the arms extend forward and the vertical links extend upward and connect to the c-channel frame rails. Just FYI.

David Brady
'02 LXi, NC
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Old 02-11-2008
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Folks,

I have a 1.5" diameter anti-sway bar in the works at Roadmaster. Won't receive it for a few weeks.

Roadmaster also confirms that a 2.125" diameter bar is too stiff. They recommended 1.625". With 1.5", I'm compromising handling (slightly) in favor of ride. I'll let you know how it works.

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